Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Peggy McGhie's Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Peggy McGhie's Reel (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1987
1-2 With hands joined, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd women set on the sidelines while their partners advance towards them (skip change)
3-4 With hands joined, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd men retire to places on their sidelines while their partners, dropping hands, follow them (all skip change)
5-6 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd women retire halfway to their own sidelines while their partners follow them (all skip change) ending in two lines in the centre of the set
7-8 Joining right hands with partners, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples set turning (the women turning by the right under their partner's arm while the men make a quarter turn to the left) to end facing up in allemande hold
9-16 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance an allemande
17-20 The 3rd and 2nd couples dance half rights and lefts while the 1st couple, in third place, cross over giving right hands and set to partners
21-24 The 2nd couple, in first place, cross over giving right hands and set, one step to partner and one step turning to face down while the 3rd and 1st couples dance half rights and lefts with no polite turns by the 1st man and 3rd woman at the end
25-32 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a grand chain, to begin the 2nd couple dance down, the 1st couple dance up and the 3rd couple cross

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, Peggy McGhie's Reel, was devised for my mother.

Suggested tune: The Freemason.

Devised January 1987, revised (bars 1-6) February 1988; first published 1988; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1987, 1988, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 3, Peggy McGhie's Reel and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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